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When you wake up in the morning, what you should be feeling is a rested body that is ready to take on the day ahead. You shouldn’t have to wake up with pain in your jaw or teeth. Tooth grinding is very common and, unfortunately, many people simply choose to accept it as part of their night. There is no reason why you should have to suffer not only the pain but the dangerous side effects that can happen because of teeth grinding.  Let’s talk about treatments for grinding your teeth and what you can do for yourself to prevent having to deal with these issues.

Why Do I Need a Night Guard?

Night guards are specifically designed to protect your teeth during the night. While you’re asleep, you don’t have active control over your body; you can’t tell yourself to stop grinding your teeth because you’re resting from a long day. Even if you have a spouse that wakes you up to tell you that you’re grinding your teeth, it just means that your sleep is being interrupted and your body isn’t getting the rest that it needs. A night guard is a barrier between your top and bottom teeth. Consider it to be your mouth’s protector; its armor.

The Dangers of Grinding Your Teeth

The pain in your mouth and jaw that I mentioned before are just two of the problems that are common with the issue. You can damage your enamel, which is not something that you can replace. You can wear down your teeth or even cause a crack in your tooth. Both of these issues are very painful and fixing a crack in your tooth is not a cheap procedure.  Prolonged grinding makes it possible to develop a very painful condition called Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome. This is just a ‘fancy’ way of saying that your jaw can pop in and out of place, lock up to the point that you can’t move it, and constant pain when trying to eat.

Getting Started with a Night Guard

The process of getting a night guard is simple. The first step is getting an impression of your teeth taken so that your mouth’s ‘armor’ fits perfectly. Every single guard is custom fitted for the individual it is going to, there is no “one size fits all”. You don’t have to worry about having a guard that is too big or too small for your teeth. The guard will fit comfortably in your mouth to allow proper breathing and no discomfort. You deserve to have a good night’s sleep and tooth grinding shouldn’t get in the way of that.

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